South Korea Bans Olympic Mogul Skiers for Life for Sexual Harassment

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South Korea, banned, mogul skiers, sexual harassment
Choi Jae-woo, of South Korea, runs the course during the men’s moguls qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Credit: Lee Jin-man, File/Associated Press

The skiing federation of South Korea has banned two Olympic male mogul skiers for life for harassing and assaulting two female teammates at a World Cup event in Japan last week, reports the Washington Post.

The federation notified Choi Jae-woo and Kim Ji-Hyun of their bans earlier this week, an official from the Korea Ski Association said yesterday.

Choi and Kim have the opportunity to appeal the bans with the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee within a week, added the anonymous official.

The federation, after interviews with athletes and coaches, confirmed that Choi and Kim harassed and assaulted the women for refusing to have drinks with them on March 3 while they were at the World Cup event at the Lake Tazawa resort in Japan. The women also took the case to the police, who are investigating Choi and Kim, the official said.

Choi advanced to the final round of the moguls in PyeongChang last month but did not complete his second run. Kim was eliminated in qualifying.

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